I have noticed lately that the Muscovy ducks,
apparently quite comfortable with their new home,
have begun venturing out on morning sojourns.
It's not unusual to see them in the front pasture searching for tasty insects.
Yesterday morning, they marched past the donkeys,
who were out in the front pasture enjoying their cool morning grazing time...
and continued on to the barn...
about a football field's length away from the pond.
While at the barn, they stopped for a visit with the Nellies...
who were, of course, quite nervous at the appearance of these strangers.
The Nellies would peek out of the barn aisle,
and then go running back into their stall for safety.
They repeated this behavior several times until comfortable with the Muscovies' presence.
The Nellies, themselves, always take their own morning sojourn.
They have gotten quite bold of late and venture all over the barnyard.
The curious interchange between the two duck groups
went on for about a half hour,
as I watched from the cover of the garden.
I had been there enjoying the wealth of morning glories
who have climbed on just about every vertical surface available.
The garden is looking quite magical surrounded by its vine-covered...